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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Please Make Room on the Bandwagon ...

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because my large tuckus and I are climbing on!  (lol)

Yup, I *finally* painted my first piece using Annie Sloan's chalk paint! 


BEFORE (last Fall):


AFTER:


Admittedly, I decided to play it safe my first go round with this paint and chose Old White, followed by a bit of distressing and clear wax.  I love the bit of sheen the wax gives you after buffing:


BEFORE:

AFTER:  Once again, I decided to keep the top in its original dark-stained state. I also painted the mirror white earlier this Spring; however, I did dry brush a bit of Old White on it to tie it in better with the buffet.  Alas, I already have changes for this wall ... can you say gallery?!  The wheels are a' spinnin'! 


Here are a few pics of the tabletop as it appears today:





A refreshing change, for sure ...


... although, I need to start delving into other colors!

And, would you just look at my poor, pitiful *frozen* kitty, who has clearly passed out from all of the paint fumes that have been invading our home lately! (lol)


What oh what to paint next ?!  Hmmm .....

And, I just have to mention that I'm super excited because, not too long ago, I told a friend of mine (who owns a wonderful local consignment shop) about chalk paint.  Well, lo and behold if she didn't then go and out and decide to become a stockist ... yippee!  She just got her first inventory of paint, which I got to see up close and personal the other day ... can't wait to explore more!  Once she gets her online system up and running, I'll be sure and pass along her information!  All of you living in South Carolina and/or neighboring states will now have a closer place to purchase chalk paint! 

I'm off to finish getting my porch and patio ready for the super fun blogger block party!

Thanks for stopping by!

Linking up with my creative buddies:

At the Picket Fence/Inspiration Friday
French Country Cottage/Feathered Nest Friday
Miss Mustard Seed/Furniture Feature Friday
Fingerprints on the Fridge/Feature Yourself Friday
DebbieDoos/Summer Paint Party
Thrifty Decor Chick/Before and After Party
Shades of Amber/AS Chalk Paint Party
Perfectly Imperfect/All Things Furniture
Becca



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58 comments:

Lakeshore Cottage Living said...

I just ordered some myself! so make room for my tuckus too! lol

It looks beautiful!

Marianne said...

HI Becca, isn't the stuff just great...so easy to use. I still haven't ventured into the dark wax yet and have also been playing it safe. And your buffet came out great. I really like that you kept the top the natural color.
Marianne :)

Katie said...

Love how the paint brought out all the details. I also love a painted piece with a wood finish top.

Kristens Creations said...

Oh Wow! That looks wonderful! Love love love it!! It really brightens up the space. Love the mirrors and the perfectly placed accessories too...beautiful!! Kristen

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

LOVE IT!! Don't you love that paint now. Hooked I'm sure and no fumes for the poor kitty. So glad you have someone close to get it from. Wish someone here would sell it.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

First off, let me say that turned out AWESOME. Secondly, your friend is going to do very well. I wish I had a store, because I would be all over that.

Gypsy Heart said...

Looks gorgeous! Just amazing when you look at the before & afters. I love that you left the top dark ~

xo
Pat

classic • casual • home said...

I really like how you kept the top dark. The hardware really pops now. Great job.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I really have to get me some of that paint but I keep putting off and buying other things!
Love how you left the top dark too it really sets it off, your home is becoming one beautiful white place!

♥Rondell

Blondie's Journal said...

You did an absolutely wonderful job, Becca! I love it! I like that you left the top as it was, it's a nice contrast. The mirror looks great, too! Well done!

XO,
Jane

Melissa F said...

It turned out great! I love the dark top.

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Looks fabulous Becca!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I LOVE IT Becca!! Isn't it great how fast you get a piece painted with that stuff! Have a great weekend, Martina

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

It's beautiful! I'm going to need to jump on the bandwagon too. Just gorgeous!

Picket said...

I love how it turned out! I will definitely have to try some of that...love that you left the top dark...soooo pretty....Picket

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

That looks absolutely wonderful! Love the color and the display on top!! :)

Crystal

Angela said...

I love the transformation all the details are showing to its best.
Well done!
Hugs,
Angela

Cheryl said...

Becca,
What a transformation...it looks great! Haven't tried chalk paint yet but you've inspired me. Thanks for sharing.
Cheryl

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Wow! Love the transformation. It is beautiful. I have got to try this chalk paint. Thanks for sharing. Karie

Pattie said...

Becca, Love how it turned out... But I just love white... Great job and happy weekend

Pattie

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Very pretty! I love how the crisscross of the wood on the hutch really shows now! Love details!

Pattie said...

I just received my first quart of chalk paint and can't choose what to paint first! Your buffet is gorgeous. Great job. Can't wait for your next project. 8>)

Beaches Coastal Creations said...

Gorgeous....now you're hooked!!! So easy to use. Thanks for the plug! Anyone wanting this wonderful paint can go to www.chalkpaintnorthamerica.com to find their closest stockist. I am shipping for customers that call or email. What color is next? Watch out John & Jackson!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Saw your link at Miss Mustard Seed's. This is just incredible...talk about a transformation! I love that you kept the top stained. How nice to have a place you can go and actually pick out the chalk paint. I'm a new follower...can't wait to see what you do next!

Dear Sweet Home said...

This is so pretty! I must try chalk paint. You did a great job :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Ha! It took me a little while, too, Becca, but I just finished my rescued dresser. I did the clear wax, but I'm waiting on the dark wax now. I also went with the Old White ~ since I love the Heirloom White so much and it is so close I had to try it. I'm thinking I'd like to try one of the grays next! Watch out furniture! Your piece turned out great. I actually thought you did the mirror at the same time. I'll bet you are liking the lighter look to things.

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

I don't recognize your home anymore wow what a dramatic transformation. You've got guts girl! I'm trying out the chalk paint this weekend :) I can hardly wait to get started.

Sandra said...

Becca, this is amazing!!! I was wondering what you were up to...You know I stalk you weekly and hadn't seen a new post! As always, I love it all! :)

the cape on the corner said...

oh my gosh, i haven't heard tuckus in so long. my grandmother used that word all the time. i LOVE the way your piece looks now, and your mirror looks like a completely different piece, too!

Val said...

It came out so wonderful!! Happy Friday!

L said...

Becca, you are so brave to paint that lovely piece of furniture. It turned out beautiful! I like that Tuscan artwork above the mirror!

have a nice weekend~ L

Lisa said...

Love it. I'm on my 3rd piece using the chalk paint and wax. I have 5 colors and want more. I want every color. Love that you kept the top dark.

Jill said...

I think it's amazing how lightening up these pieces of furniture are completely transforming them! Everything looks beautiful! You're such a talented gal!

Karen At Home said...

Wow, that looks amazing. This is the first I have heard of it!!! Clearly, I need to get out of the cave I have been living in and get on that bandwagon too!!!

Have a great weekend!

At The Picket Fence said...

Ummm...seriously girl??!! That is so gorgeous! You are totally rocking this new light and bright thing and it definitely works! :-) I loved your feature at Kristin's today too and was just so thrilled that she showed you off. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week my friend!
Vanessa

WhimSea Designs said...

Hi Becca,

I stumbled upon your blog this morning (visting from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia) and I must admit I'm in love....sorry, I mean OBSESSED with your decorating. You're before and afters are amazing and you're style is gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration this morning...needless to say I'm a new follower of Adventures in Decorating. Between you and Kristen my home should be looking FABULOUS in no time ;)

Have a beautiful weekend! xo

WhimSea Designs said...

O'ma Goodness! I forgot to mention how much I LOVE the picture of your cat in this post...hilarious and so darn cute!! xoxo

Becca said...

Thanks so much, Lisa! I'd love to see what you've painted ... please share pics! And, I tried to email you; unfortunatley, you're listed as a "noreply" blogger, so I hope you check back in and see this note. Thanks again!

Katie said...

This came out awesome! I am also a newbie and am in the process of painting my 1st piece in Old White. I've got 2 coats on (it's a brown buffet) and am about to distress. Any advice- wax 1st or sand 1st?? I bought the Annie Sloan clear wax but also had the MinWax dark wax. Can't decide what to do really! ;)

Katie from Cayenne Paper
www.cayenne-paper.blogspot.com

Lynda said...

Amazing how the details in the frame and buffet are so much more noticeable in the new color! You did a wonderful job. I'll have to give this paint and wax a try!

Pamela said...

Becca your cabinet turned out beautiful! I have been debating on painting our buffet but have not but now I see your walls r very similar in color to mine so I may just give it a whirl. Thanx for the inspiration!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Thanks for joining Becca! This is a wonderful project to share.

Pat said...

It's gorgeous Becca! I really need to jump in and try the chalk paint!

ReFresh ReStyle said...

I love this paint too, and I'm excited to hear about the new stocklist...I'm in GA! Your entryway looks great!
Debbie@refreshrestyle

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Girl, you just keep amazing me! The buffet looks gorgeous. The details of this piece just POP now! You really are going to need to tell me all about this fantastic new paint. I have been seeing it all over the blog world, glad you were able to test it out.

Did you go on a vacay too? I thought I saw something where you were in Virginia.

Miss Kitty said...

Thanks for sharing your photos of your chalk paint adventures! I am in the process of doing a bedroom dresser in "Old White" chalk paint. I rubbed the dark wax on it...yikes! I may have to spend some time sanding some of that off but I think the end result will be nice. I think you look is TOTALLY fresh looking.

Jeanette said...

Looks great Becca, really brightens things up. I do love the dark tones also. I never thought that I would like dark wood but,.... You have beautiful accessories too:)

CAS said...

Wow, Becca, that looks amazing. For a first effort, lady, you did an outstanding job. I'm so inspired!

Miss B.e.e. said...

Loving this transformation! I need to break down and order me some chalk paint to try. Just seems to good to be true:) I'm with you on needing to break out other colors. I always gravitate to the whites as well!

Beverly@southernhomesweethome said...

Becca, It is gorgeous! I love, love, love it.

Maury said...

looks incredible! Nicely done!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

So gorgeous Becca~ I am loving it. I haven't tried chalk paint yet... I know... I'm probably one of the few who hasn't!! But it always looks so absolutely lovely and your piece is wonderful! Thanks for sharing it at FNF! :)

buythebesthome said...

Hi there!! I'm from
Hyde park Homes,I was really amazed with your decorating ideas it was totally brilliant

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Wow, it looks wonderful. I love the look. What a great piece. I still havn't tried the paint. Guess I better get my act in gear. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

marie said...

That is really quite amazing! The details are great! That is such a huge difference. Completely different look!

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Cass @ That Old House said...

Shove over, Becca, and make room on that train for MY ample tuchus, too!

I'm working up the nerve to try the chalk paint; your piece turned out gorgeous!
Cass

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Stopping by again to show the Hubs your wonderful painting and the piece that started it all. ha ha. I "pinned" so that can I be inspired later.

Did you brush on the paint or use a roller/brush combo to get the job done? What grade sand paper did you use to distress? Can you come by my house to give me a personal tute? ahaha